Design Tactics for Disaster Prone Landscapes

2011 RMIT Melbourne
Designed Emergency Spaces

How can emergence be used as a tool for design in disaster-prone landscapes?

This research project considers the opportunities presented in a disaster prone landscape to design vital spaces of refuge for vulnerable urban communities. It does this through the mechanisms of emergency relief informed by patterns of spontaneous social assemblage. It draws on settlement tendencies as a disaster event unfolds, looking for ways to generate a flexible landscape that supports the shifting needs and aspirations of the affected community as it moves into the longer term disaster recovery phase. The project therefore aims to address immediate disaster relief with a view to facilitating ongoing disaster preparedness as part of the disaster management cycle.

Emergence(y) - Design Tactics For Disaster Prone Urban Landscapes